JFE Steel Corporation announced today that it has developed a steel plate, named EXPAL™ (short for “extend painted life”), which compared to conventional carbon steel more than doubles the time before having to repaint bridges, construction machinery, industrial machinery, etc., thereby helping to reduce the lifecycle costs of steel structures located in highly corrosive environments such as coastal areas. JFE Steel has registered EXPAL steel plate with the New Technology Information System (NETIS) of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Steel structures used over long periods of time require repainting, especially bridges and other infrastructure in severe corrosive environments. In addition to the use of steel plate, high-durability paint and surface treatments help to extend the period of time before repainting.
For the full press release, go to jfe-steel.co.jp.